Boise business incubator and startup accelerator Trailhead has added a second space with a slightly different idea and mission. 

The location, in the 8th Street Marketplace’s Mercantile building (the Bodovino building), gives entrepreneurs and startups a space to start businesses while keeping overhead costs down.

A large, bright open space features room for about 30 desks. Each is a dedicated space where users can leave monitors, mugs, pens and the like.  Five private offices ring the space – hosting startups like Natural Intelligence, Lovevery and Reply Pro.

The space currently hosts the temporary home of Clickbank, but that space will soon become home to Trailhead’s Code School.

Entrepreneurs can share two reservable conference rooms and two “ad hoc” rooms for phone calls and the like.

During First Thursday, Boise’s mayor hosted an open house at Trailhead North.  He noted that the non-profit organization fills a void in Boise’s economic landscape.

“(Trailhead) is a startup – it’s a startup itself. There was real risk in doing this – but even more risk in not doing it,” Mayor Dave Bieter said.

Trailhead is supported by funds from the Capital City Development Corporation and City of Boise, and private entities like Wells Fargo (which presented a donation Thursday), J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and Micron.

Disclosure: Day365, which operates this site, is based out of Trailhead North. Sometimes the dev news comes to us.

 Trailhead's Raino Zoller grins as Boise Mayor Dave Bieter recieves a check from Wells Fargo's Flip Kleffner
Trailhead’s Raino Zoller grins as Boise Mayor Dave Bieter recieves a check from Wells Fargo’s Flip Kleffner

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.